By Paula Doran
Screen Broken Hill has kicked off what they see as a thriving new era with an industry networking session in Broken Hill.
Industry members and passionate creatives keen to get involved in film and television productions were invited to the first Screen Broken Hill social event on Thursday night.
“The idea is to find out who is in town, who would like to be involved in the film and television projects that come in the future, and to connect people,” said Cathy Farry, Executive Director from West Darling Arts.
Sitting with Screen Broken Hill stalwart, Jason King in the new Arts and Media Hub, the pair agreed there had been a great deal of change since film enthusiasts had last met, pre-Covid.
“The world has changed quite a bit since we last met. That core group that we formed earlier has perhaps now gone, and we have great opportunities coming.
“We now have this space to use and it’s time to take the next steps to support a thriving industry,” Mr King said.
The pair agreed that the recent boom in productions, including Mad Max, RFDS, and multiple television shows and commercials, had offered an opportunity for significant local participation.
“It would be great to get a sense of who is still here, what they are doing, or even what they would like to do, so that we get insight into the talent, skills and enthusiasm available for future productions,” Mr Farry said.
And last night’s networking session may be the first of many for the industry.
“There are lot of opportunities coming for locals, and we will be able to support the facilitation of those opportunities as we go forward.”
Ms Farry urged community members to keep an eye open for local events through social media.